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Microsoft releases patch for IE, includes Windows XP

Microsoft releases patch for IE, includes Windows XP 

Microsoft reported the IE vulnerability on April 26, and just two days later, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released an advisory stating that the vulnerability was capable of causing “the complete compromise” of a computer system.

The vulnerability affected IE versions 6 through 11.

“The security of our products is something we take incredibly seriously, so the news coverage of the last few days about a vulnerability in…IE has been tough for our customers and for us,” wrote Adrienne Hall, GM, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft, in a post on Microsoft’s blog. “This means that when we saw the first reports about this vulnerability we said fix it, fix it fast, and fix it for all our customers.  So we did.”

Although Microsoft’s support for Windows XP ended last month, the tech giant chose to include the outdated operating system in the patch.

 “We made this exception based on the proximity to the end of support for Windows XP,” wrote Hall. “The reality is there have been a very small number of attacks based on this particular vulnerability and concerns were, frankly, overblown.”

Hall urged XP users to upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, as they “provide more safety and security than ever before.”

You can read the full text of the announcement here.

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